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The Best Baby Mitts to Protect Newborns From Scratching Themselves

A baby’s hands and fingers are almost impossibly tiny, yet those teeny fingernails on the tip of each digit are surprisingly dangerous — to a newborn’s delicate skin, at least. New parents don’t want a single mark on their bundle of joy, and the scratches babies can inflict on their adorable faces look painful. The easy solution (beside a set of baby nail clippers): Just stock up on cute sets of baby mitts!

These miniature mittens can keep a newborn baby’s hands a little warmer, of course, but they’re not actually winter gear; instead, their main function is to act as a soft barrier between sharp newborn fingernails and chubby cherub cheeks. Typically made of cotton, these little fabric envelopes (no thumbs!) stay on with gentle elastic around the wrist. Of course, they come in a variety of colors and patterns to be both cute and functional. (Even babies can work a lewk, right?)

We’ve rounded up a selection of the best baby mitts to protect delicate newborns from scratching themselves. From basic pairs in a variety of colors to bundles with matching caps, your baby will be protected from self-scratching — and look adorable, too!

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1. Rative Newborn No Scratch Mittens

Rative’s newborn mittens for babies 0-6 months are designed with enough space for your baby’s hand and fingers to move inside while protecting him from self scratching. Made of 100% cotton, the soft mitts have a gentle elastic line at the wrist, so they’ll stay securely — and comfortably — on your baby’s little hands. Available in packs of 6, 9 and 12, you’ll always have enough on hand for naps and night-time. Plus, the mittens are available in white, pink and blue.

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2. BabyBliss Anti-Scratch Baby Mittens

The anti-scratch baby mittens from BabyBliss are made with 100% cotton, so you know they’ll be soft and gentle against your infant’s delicate skin. The mitts’ design also features extra-long wrists to ensure they stay firmly on your newborn’s hands, and there are three size options, so you can get the perfect fit. Best of all: Along with the seven pairs of baby mittens in gender-neutral colors, each pack also includes a mesh laundry bag so you won’t lose one mitt in the dryer, plus an e-book on weaning.

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3. Gerber Baby Cap and Mitten Bundle

Gerber has bundled two of baby’s essentials into convenient sets, perfect for anyone looking for baby gifts or just, you know, busy new parents who want the convenience of buying two baby necessities at once. The sets of 100% cotton mittens and baby caps are designed to keep baby extra warm and protect their tiny faces from scratches. The caps have a soft ribbed cuff for great fit, while the mitts have gentle elastic to help stay put on baby’s little hands. Each bundle includes five 0-6 months caps and four 0-3 months mittens.

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4. Burt’s Bees Baby No-Scratch Mitts

Made of Burt’s Bees signature 100% organic cotton — known for being heavenly soft and gentle on delicate skin, yet super-durable through endless washes — these baby mittens will protect your little one’s delicate skin from those newborn nails. Each mitt has gentle encased elastic wrists to keep them comfortably in place. Plus, the sets are available in gender-neutral colors, including white, heather gray and navy blue.

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5. Luvable Friends Unisex Baby Cotton Scratch Mittens

There are eight different sets to choose from—ranging from cute owls to vibrant florals. The mittens feature elastic bands, so they will remain snug (but not too snug) on your baby’s wrist. Plus, they’re made out of 100 percent cotton.

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